hostile

If something is hostile, it's unfriendly. If you are zealous about the political causes you believe in, you will be hostile to any suggestion that the other side of the argument is reasonable.

Hostile comes from the Latin word hostis, for enemy, and you can hear its relation to the word hostage. But you don't have to be from a warring nation to be hostile. You can talk about a hostile nation, a hostile takeover, a hostile remark, or a hostile attitude. Some synonyms are inimical, antagonistic, unfavorable, unfriendly.

DEFINITIONS OF: hostile

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adj characterized by enmity or ill will

“a hostile nation”
“a hostile remark”
hostile actions”
Synonyms
aggressive
having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
unfriendly
not disposed to friendship or friendliness
aggressive, belligerent
characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical
characterized by antagonism or antipathy
at loggerheads
in a dispute or confrontation
bitter
proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
dirty
expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
head-on
characterized by direct opposition
ill
indicating hostility or enmity
opponent, opposing
characterized by active hostility
inimical, unfriendly
not friendly
hateful
evoking or deserving hatred
offensive
for the purpose of attack rather than defense
unpeaceful
not peaceful
violent
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
Antonyms:
amicable
characterized by friendship and good will
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend
favorable, friendly, well-disposed
inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
unthreatening, well-meaning
not unfriendly or threatening
lovable, loveable
having characteristics that attract love or affection
peaceable, peaceful
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
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adj not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

hostile naval and air forces”
Antonyms:
friendly
of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

adj unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

hostile takeover”
hostile tender offer”
hostile bid”
Synonyms
aggressive
having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

adj impossible to bring into friendly accord

hostile factions”
Synonyms
irreconcilable, unreconcilable
impossible to reconcile

adj very unfavorable to life or growth

“a hostile climate”
Synonyms:
uncongenial, unfriendly
inhospitable
unfavorable to life or growth

n troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

“the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles
Antonyms:
friendly
troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces
Type of:
military personnel, soldiery, troops
soldiers collectively
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